04-15-14--Watchers of the night sky who stayed up late enough were treated to a spectacular display of color from the Earth's nearest celestial companion as the "Blood Moon" lunar eclipse took place. Spica, the bright blue dual star nearest to the Moon, was visible much of the night through the intermittent haze that covered much of the valley through the night. The phenomenon is just one of a tetrad, or four successive lunar eclipses to take place.--photo by Elias Funez for the Patterson Irrigator
Those who stayed up late enough caught a glimpse of the “blood moon” crossing the Earth’s shadow Tuesday morning, April 15 in all its splendor.
The moon took on a reddish hue as it appeared in different phases throughout the night.
Elias Funez/For the Patterson Irrigator